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FRESHMAN 15: SOS...

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Created October 03, 2012 at 4:55 AM

Okay so I was a strict paleo due to allergies (Developed from an eating disorders) but then went off to college and tried eating things again. It got real bad with eating way too much sugar, and I dont even recognize myself. I want to transition back to pale, but I always lose it at the end of the day. Any sugguestions on getting back to strict diet again, exercise plans (there isnt a crossfit here), and ideas to pull all nighters on hw without breaking into sugar???

Much appreciated- I went from 100-125...not a happy camper

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on October 04, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Oh and sleep deprivation leads to blood sugar irregularity and sugar cravings. Another reason for sleep!

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:18 PM

After getting used to IFing, I can definitely work out without a meal. I never liked eating too soon before going to the gym, so I just think of it as an extension of that. There are some purported benefits to working out fasted - www.leangains.com - is a very informative site (but very technical) about IFing for fat loss.

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on October 03, 2012
at 10:41 AM

It's great you caught it now, so pat yourself on the back! Good on you, I just wanted to offer my support! Great advice above ;)

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on October 03, 2012
at 07:51 AM

Thanks by the way...:)

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on October 03, 2012
at 07:51 AM

Thanks, I just crave any sugar, even when I am full. Its so weird to be addicted because I used to literally only eat veggies and chicken...I will try its hard because there arent really salad bars here, its a restaurant only meal plan. that sounds like a good idea tho, I am never hungry. do you have the energy to workout w/o eating? I run a lot and I end up eating too much because I over fuel...

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thanks, I am 5'2" and a dancer, but i keep going back to the gym like 3 x a day, and I am getting nowhere. I will definitely try what you said...appreciate it thanks. :)

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:09 AM

Don't be strict. Go 80/20 like they recommend on http://www.paleodietlifestyle.com Over restricting is giving you stress and feeding your orthorexia. Chill out and do the best you can. You are the only one judging yourself. on the site I linked, they have an article about Paleo and eating disorders. Check it out. If you are broke, buy a pair of shoes and run about 30 minutes a day and join your school gym and do some heavy lifting. Just go from station to station and do what you feel like no more than 40 minutes at the gym. Try not to do the same exercises two days in a row and give yourself 1 or 2 days off a week. Does that help? You haven't said how tall you are but 100 is to thin and don't be judging yourself on your weight. Judge yourself on the quality of your life. You aint a happy camper, you pitched a tent in the wrong place.

931a99246c4b901c8cabd52da1e9f6d2

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on October 03, 2012
at 10:41 AM

It's great you caught it now, so pat yourself on the back! Good on you, I just wanted to offer my support! Great advice above ;)

D3abaaead845d9da842938514ddb24bf

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on October 03, 2012
at 07:48 AM

thanks, I am 5'2" and a dancer, but i keep going back to the gym like 3 x a day, and I am getting nowhere. I will definitely try what you said...appreciate it thanks. :)

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:13 AM

All nighters are such a killer mentally and physically. In my own experience, what I eat is the first part of weight loss, and then getting enough sleep is definitely a bigger factor for me than exercise (other than getting out and walking a lot around NYC which I do anyway). When I am trying to lose weight, I need like 9 hours of sleep a night, and it really helps, so I would advise away from the all nighters if you can, but I remember having a whole semester of all nighters.. multiple days without sleep, my body was so out of whack. And of course, I lived on snickers and 32 ounce cokes for that whole semester :-p

What kind of sugar do you find yourself consuming? Is it food from the cafeteria or items in your dorm room (are you in a dorm and on a food plan)? If you are stuck with cafeteria foods, I would try to keep it as clean as possible, omelets in the morning and salad bar and whatever meats are available for your other two meals. If you can stand it, I have had a lot of success with IFing, which while in school, helps me get more done during the day and reduced the incidence of all nighters and super late nights, but just fasting through the day, and breaking for dinner. I actually still do this, and I feel like I can get a lot done and don't feel deprived.

I would try to adjust food and sleep before throwing in any heavy exercise, too much all at once can be overwhelming, especially while in the throes of college life, classes, parties and mating :) Once you have those two down and are adjusting well, then maybe try to add more physical activity in. Good luck!

D3abaaead845d9da842938514ddb24bf

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on October 03, 2012
at 07:51 AM

Thanks by the way...:)

D3abaaead845d9da842938514ddb24bf

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on October 03, 2012
at 07:51 AM

Thanks, I just crave any sugar, even when I am full. Its so weird to be addicted because I used to literally only eat veggies and chicken...I will try its hard because there arent really salad bars here, its a restaurant only meal plan. that sounds like a good idea tho, I am never hungry. do you have the energy to workout w/o eating? I run a lot and I end up eating too much because I over fuel...

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on October 03, 2012
at 05:18 PM

After getting used to IFing, I can definitely work out without a meal. I never liked eating too soon before going to the gym, so I just think of it as an extension of that. There are some purported benefits to working out fasted - www.leangains.com - is a very informative site (but very technical) about IFing for fat loss.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on October 04, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Oh and sleep deprivation leads to blood sugar irregularity and sugar cravings. Another reason for sleep!

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on October 03, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Other commenters have pointed out the lifestyle tips. Let me also point out an oft-ignored fact to keep in mind.

You are still growing in college.

Yep. You are still growing into an adult body in the late teens/early 20s. Most people I know "fill out" and look more like an adult in their years in college. Not in a bad, unhealthy way, but in a stronger, more mature way. My husband gained 30 lbs without much effort, and it was all in lean body mass. He looked like a child when he came to college. I gained 40 lbs, but half of that was lean body mass, and I rarely exercised.

The lesson here is to not sweat the numbers. Or the increase in clothing size. Focus on healthy habits, and accept that in being healthy, you will probably grow a bit more along the way.

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on October 03, 2012
at 04:04 PM

On the 'all nighters' thing, I've found that I don't retain as well long-term when I do the all-night prep/cram ... however, sometimes things just have to get done. So here's what I have found to be helpful.

  1. Take a late-evening 'nap'. Unlike the 20 minute power naps, this is usually a 90 minute to 3 hr nap. I usually start at the end of my last meeting (between 7:30 and 9pm) and sleep for 90 minutes to 3 hrs.
  2. I usually wake naturally at this point, anyway, so when I do, I get up, and work hard for 3-4 hrs, usually starting around midnight or so, and working until 2:30 - 4am.
  3. THEN, I go back to sleep for 90 minutes to 3 hrs (depending on my work schedule).

I find that this causes less adrenal stress, and while I'm still tired the next night, I'm not completely wiped out and exhausted... and that middle-of-the-night stretch, where most people are quiet, I get a LOT done... plus, the sleep before and after allows me to move most of what I cover then into 'long term memory', so my memory retention is much better using this method.

Good luck!

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on October 03, 2012
at 12:57 PM

As Jackie said, get your sleep cycle in check first. I'm in college, and I know how hard it might seem to get a good 7-8 hours of sleep a night. However, once you have a set schedule (I go to bed at 10 and get up at 6) you'll find it's so much easier to get things done during the day that you don't need the extra hours at night- and your body will be ready to sleep anyway.

Be kind to yourself and recognize the times when you're craving sugar. Satisfy the craving if you need to, but try to eat more protein/fat at meals to curb these cravings.

Good luck!

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on October 03, 2012
at 11:38 AM

Don't be too hard on yourself. This ain't so easy - at least for some of us.

A few thoughts:

Glutamine helps with sugar cravings. 500mg first thing in the morning works for me.

Make some paleo treats if it helps you avoid the really nasty crap. I do a low carb choco-nut butter brownie that helps to stop me from making PB&J's late at night.

Being short on sleep makes cravings worse - see the book "Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival".

The combination of protein & fat blunts appetite. Make sure you are eating enough protein (meat/fish/eggs).

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